Okemo, Gichuru survive extradition to Jersey in money laundering case
25 January 2016, 20:55
Nairobi - The state will not begin the process of extraditing former Finance minister Chris Okemo over money laundering pending the hearing of his appeal.
The Star reports that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has undertaken
not to push for the extradition of the former Minister and ex-Kenya Power and Lighting Company Managing Director Samuel Gichuru
before an appeal filed by the duo is heard and determined.
The two, through their lawyer Fred Ngatia sought to
stop any proceedings in regard to their extradition from going ahead
pending the outcome of their appeal.
Ngatia sought the orders after High Court Justice Isaac
Lenaola’s dismissed a petition challenging the
legality of their extradition to Jersey.
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On the other hand, Capital News in a similar reports stated that Justice Lenaola dismissed the petition on the grounds that
the there were no constitutional matters for the court to determine and
that the question of their extradition was the preserve of the criminal
Okemo and Gichuru are accused of abuse of their respective offices by using proxy
companies to squander public funds over 10 years ago, according to
documents sent to the Kenyan government by the bailiff and Chief Justice
of the Island of Jersey, Channel Islands.
They are accused of having received bribes amounting to KES 902 million from international companies between 1999 and
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